Get into the fish before the visitors arrive
  |  First Published: October 2016

The Far South Coast over the winter months sees very few visitors, and Eden is no exception, but with the weather warming, it’s not a bad destination fishing wise, with a variety of fishing options available.

Unlike Mallacoota to the south, the water temperature offshore is a lot warmer, which makes all the difference to the fishing boats heading out from Quarantine Bay. Heading out to the flathead grounds around the Pinnacle or off Mowarry Point, you’ll find good numbers of sand flathead and tiger flathead. Most boats are coming back with a good feed.

This time of year sees the snapper fishing come alive once the cuttlefish shells are being washed up on the beaches, and when this happens, you can be sure the snapper are on the go. Good fish are caught by anglers fishing from the local headlands on daybreak, and fresh, lightly-weighted baits have been the undoing of plenty of good fish. Once the sun is up though, the bite is generally over.

When fishing the inshore reefs from a boat, you can move out a bit deeper as the sun rises, and that way you can stay among the fish. Fishing with a berley trail is the way to go, and once again, use light sinkers, as the fish will rise for the bait.

The kingfish can be caught in the same way, and they can turn up at any time. The coming months will see more fish caught.

Plenty of salmon are moving along the local beaches and they will be around in numbers for the next few months. Any good gutter fished on a rising tide should see you amongst the fish.

The local estuaries have seen good numbers of black bream caught upstream and yellowfin bream towards the mouth. There’s been plenty of silver trevally by-catch too.

As the water warms, the flathead will also start to come on the bite.

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